“I bring you good tidings of great joy that will be to all people.”– Luke 2:10
The angel provided comfort to the shepherds. When he says “good tidings,” he literally used the words meaning “to preach the good news.” This was often used by Luke in his gospel and in Acts. It demonstrated care for the soul. And what better way to bring comfort to a soul than sharing the gospel?
The world-wide gospel was the plan of God. God would use salvation to the Gentiles to provoke the Jews to jealousy. He would use the denial of the Jews to bring salvation to the Gentiles (Romans 9:25; Romans 10:19; Romans 15:8). The good news of Jesus as Messiah was genuinely brought to “all people.”
The angel pronounces the Messiah and the world-wide gospel. Jesus’ name is synonymous with good news. He tells the shepherds exactly where to find Jesus. At the same time, a significant number of angels appear. A multitude of angels are doing what angels do – they praise God! They proclaimed peace on earth and goodwill toward men. The peace they spoke of was that of peace through salvation.
It is incredible to know that Messiah’s proclamation came through Isaiah and his contemporary Micah 700 years before it happened. Comfort to the soul comes only through Jesus. Peace and goodwill come only to the hearts of those who accept Him as Savior and follow Him as Lord!
“Those who are disciples live under Jesus’ lordship and submit to His rule in their lives.”– Thomas Schreiner